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Rehabilitation Medicine

The Rehabilitation Medicine service provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary medical rehabilitation and general medical care for patients with disability resulting from illness or accident. These includes patients with stroke, hip fractures, amputations, spinal cord injury, trauma and traumatic brain injury and complex medical conditions spanning all age groups. The goal is towards optimal functional ability and mobility, enabling a discharge home, reintegration into the family, work and society.

Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians work with other specialists and allied health professionals to deliver comprehensive, holistic rehabilitation and care to adult patients with acquired or congenital disabilities using a person-centered approach to achieve optimal functional outcomes.

We provide Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation services and Comprehensive Rehabilitation Medicine Consults to both inpatients and outpatients, who will be seen in the Rehabilitation Medicine clinics.

Inpatient Services

We run the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Service in the Rehabilitation Ward in SKH and do inpatient Rehabilitation Medicine consults in both the General Ward and Intensive Care Unit in Sengkang General Hospital.

Conditions seen inpatient at SKH but not limited to:

  • Stroke Rehabilitation Assessments (both at acute and chronic) and management of complications of stroke, including spasticity management
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation assessment and management
  • Spinal Cord Injury (both traumatic and non-traumatic) Rehabilitation assessment and management
  • Amputee Rehabilitation assessments and management (we work closely with the SGH multidisciplinary amputee clinic for patients who qualify for prosthetics following major lower limb amputations like BKA, AKA)
  • Return to work Rehabilitation assessments and management for acquired injury for non- work related injuries/ illnesses
  • Assessment and management for Adults (above 16) with childhood or juvenile onset disability.
  • Management of non-surgical musculoskeletal disorders and Rehabilitation post joint replacements
  • Rehabilitation management of sequelae post ICU admission.
  • Cancer Rehabilitation assessments and management
  • Rehabilitation assessments and management from impairments or activity limitations arising from disorders of the heart, lungs or other medical disorders
  • Rehabilitation assessments and management of Neurological disorders like neurodegenerative disorders (eg Parkinson's disease), neuro-inflammatory disorders.
  • Trauma Rehabilitation

Outpatient Rehabilitation

The Outpatient Rehabilitation service provides comprehensive individualized evaluation and treatment for individuals who have physical and cognitive impairments. An personalized treatment plan will be developed in conjunction with the patient and the physician for optimal functional outcomes, which will include the involvement of our allied health colleagues in SKH and incorporating the latest rehabilitation techniques and technology.

General Rehabilitation Medicine Clinics

Conditions seen in this clinic but not limited to:

  • Stroke Rehabilitation Assessments (both at acute and chronic) and management of complications of stroke, including spasticity management
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation assessment and management
  • Amputee Rehabilitation assessments and management (we work closely with the SGH multidisciplinary amputee clinic for patients who qualify for prosthetics following major lower limb amputations like BKA, AKA)
  • Return to work Rehabilitation assessments and management for acquired injury for non- work related injuries/ illnesses
  • Management of non-surgical musculoskeletal disorders and Rehabilitation post joint replacements
  • Rehabilitation management of sequelae post ICU admission.
  • Cancer Rehabilitation assessments and management
  • Rehabilitation assessments and management from impairments or activity limitations arising from disorders of the heart, lungs or other medical disorders
  • Rehabilitation assessments and management of Neurological disorders like neurodegenerative disorders (eg Parkinson's disease), neuro-inflammatory disorders.
  • Trauma Rehabilitation

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Medicine Clinics

  • We provide comprehensive Spinal Cord Injury (both traumatic and non-traumatic) Rehabilitation assessment and management in this clinic
  • Aged 16 and above

Congenital, Childhood Onset, Cerebral Palsy Clinic (CCCP clinic)

  • Assessment and management for patients (above 16) with childhood or juvenile onset disability, including patients with Cerebral Palsy and patients with Intellectual Disability
  • Aged 16 and above
  • We accept referrals from all sources, including transition cases from Paediatricians.
  • We have plans to set up further subspecialty clinics and collaborate with partners from other specialties in the future to better serve patients with both congenital and acquired disability

Treatments offered (Both In and Outpatient)

  • Ultrasound-Guided Musculoskeletal Injections
  • Botulinum Toxin injections for Spasticity
  • Alcohol Neurolysis for Spasticity
  • Trigger Point Injections

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FAQs

Why see a Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist in SKH?

Rehabilitation Medicine (Or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) Specialists are the ONLY group of doctors whose Specialist practice is dedicated to the care of disabled individuals. They are skilled in the care of patients with acquired and congenital conditions that result in various impairments and disabilites and are available for consult in the inpatient and outpatient setting in Sengkang General Hospital, serving residents of the Northeast region of Singapore. Click on the Care Team to find a physician who specialises in your medical condition.

What should I expect when I undergo Rehabilitation at SKH?

At SKH, you’ll receive compassionate care from our team of accredited rehabilitation and physical medicine physicians. Our team works together to help you prepare for life after rehabilitation, in a modern facility treatment space. This includes:

  • A treatment space consisting of a well-equipped rehabilitation gym and private rooms for the privacy and convenience of our patients.
  • Access to using a variety of technology as part of their individualized treatment plan such as simulated outdoor environments like a pedestrian crossing, traffic light, ramps and different terrains.
  • Gaining independence faster with the help of our G-EO System, a robot-assisted walking therapy that focuses on functional movement.
  • Having access to the Walker View, a high-tech treadmill that can simultaneously assess both the gait and running in real-time, giving patients instant feedback

Who are the members of the Rehabilitation Team?

  • Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians, called a physiatrist, is specialized in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is responsible for medical issues and the overall rehabilitation program.
  • Rehabilitation Nurses (in the Rehabilitation Ward)
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Medical Social Workers
  • Psychologists, including trained Neuropsychologists.
  • The Rehabilitation Team also works closely with selected Medical and Surgical Specialists as well as Nursing Specialists to ensure optimal outcomes for our patients. One may ask, why SKH Rehabilitation Medicine?

  • Experienced Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist who are motivated and keep up to date with the latest rehabilitation techniques and research, who will spare no effort in optimizing the rehabilitation process of the patients
  • Holistic care of the patients (and not just for their disease) who work closely with other medical professionals and allied health to deliver clinically effective and cost-effective rehabilitaiton.
  • Unparalleled continuity of care- Our Rehabilitation Physicians do not just see patients in the Rehabilitation ward and clinics, we also start seeing patients in the Intensive Care Unit and follow through to the outpatient setting.
  • Strong Emphasis on Return to Work Rehabilitation. We don't just want patients to survive, we want them to thrive in the process of community reintegration out of the Hospital. Hence we have an emphasis on return to work rehabilitation for selected patients with the potential for returning to work.
  • We strive for excellence. This has led us to set up Singapore's first clinic that specializes in patients above 16 with a congenital or childhood-onset disability and adult Cerebral Palsy clinic.
  • Our Care Team

    Our team of Rehabilitation Medicine specialist work with allied health professionals across a broad range of fields to deliver comprehensive, holistic rehabilitation and care to adult patients who have suffered an injury or accident. In order to best accomplish our rehabilitation goals, we offer our patients the full continuum of care in one establishment. From day one in the general hospital (acute care), the patient may experience a broad range of therapy services. When rehabilitation is required after discharge, outpatient therapy needs can be well addressed with SKH’s many specialized programs.

    Senior Consultant

    • A/Prof Ng Yee Sien
    • Dr Bok Chek Wai

    Associate Consultant

    • Dr Dominic Chen Enhan

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